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part ofGreen River, Bureau of Land Management
Status: Open through Mon Nov 30 2015   Season Dates


The Green River splits the 10,000 foot high Tavaputs Plateau to form the rugged canyons of Desolation Gray Canyons. Access to the canyons is the Sand Wash Ranger Station, a remote primative boat ramp and campground. While the canyons and river can be remote, rugged and beautiful during the hot summer months, Sand Wash can be overrun by mosquitos. Weather can run the gamet from hot 100 degree days with no wind, to wind, rain, or snow. Screen cabins are provided to allow the boater an escape from the bugs and weather.

Natural Features:

The Sand Wash boat ramp lies at the end of Sand Wash where a dirt road leads to a natural boat ramp for launching on the Green River. Cottonwood trees, cliffs, sage brush, and greasewood dot the area. Cottonwood trees do provide some shade.


Sand Wash is a destination for those that have a permit to float the Desolation and Gray Canyons of the Green River. Remote and primative, the area prepares the river runners for a relaxed river trip where solitude and nature abound. Historic and archaeogical sites are numerous on the river. River runners must be prepared to be self supported on the river.


There is a primitive boat ramp at Sand Wash, a primitive eight-site campground, a contact/information station, staffed ranger station and vault toilets. This remote site does not provide trash receptacles or water. Due to the remoteness of the area, many groups camp the night here before their launch on the river. Due to frequent mosquito plagues, Sand Wash offers four campsites with screened cabins. Cabins are 12 feet by 16 feet, screen on all four sides with a door and roof. There is a small table and bench inside.

Nearby Attractions:

Launch point for the Green River through Desolation and Gray Canyons, 84 river miles before taking out at Swaseys Rapid. Nine Mile Canyon is within driving distance and is rich with rock art and historic sites.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boat Trips
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Campfire Rings
  • Historic Sites
  • Parking Area
  • RV Parking
  • River Access
  • Sleeping Shelter
  • Tent Site
  • Vault Toilets
Know Before You Go
Sand Wash is a very remote primitive boat ramp used by boaters who have reserved launch dates for a trip through Desolation Gray Canyons of the Green River.
  • There are no amenities.
  • Visitors must be self sufficient.
  • Area is "pack it in-pack it out", offers picnic tables, and fire rings.
  • No water, electricity, cell phone coverage or garbage disposal exists.
  • Road is graded gravel. Good tires and spare tires are a must.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
39.83361, -109.94167
39°50'1"N, 109°56'30"W

 From Vernal, Utah: Head some 40 miles southwest to the town of Myton. Just west of Myton, turn south off US 40 on the first paved road and follow the signs to Sand Wash Boat Ramp. Boaters must slow down and begin to enjoy the trip. Roads are graded gravel, good tires and spare tires are a must. Cell phone coverage is limited if help is needed.

From Duchesne, Utah: Head 17 miles east towards Myton. Turn south off US 40 onto Sand Wash road and follow the signs to Sand Wash Boat Ramp. Boaters must slow down and begin to enjoy the trip. Roads are graded gravel, good tires and spare tires are a must. Cell phone coverage is limited if help is needed.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

Bureau oF Land Management Price Field Office - Desolation River
125 South 600 West

Price  UT  84501

Phone Number:

Project Office: (435)636-3600
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